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Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is the field of surgery dedicated to help patients lose and maintain weight loss. Bariatric surgery promotes weight loss by restricting food intake.

Obesity is a progressive and life threatening condition marked by excess body fat, which can significantly reduce life expectancy. When weight increases to an exteme level it is called morbid obesity. Health problems associated with obesity include but not limited to, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Determining whether bariatric surgery is right for you can be a lengthy, multi-step process that requires commitment. Your surgeon’s office will work with you and explain the process, its requirements and also assist you with any insurance authorizations. There maybe additional criteria needed by your insurance company before approval for surgery is granted.

See some of our patients' weight loss surgery experiences below.


View Karen's Weight Loss Journey Video




At University Surgical Associates we have experienced bariatric surgeons who perform gastric bypass, gastric banding, gastric sleeve resection and biliopancreatic diversion surgery. University Surgical Associates offers a multi-disciplinary team approach to weight loss. We will assist you in committing to the lifestyle changes that will assure optimal success.


G. Dean Roye, MD, FACS

Beth A. Ryder, MD, FACS

Todd S. Stafford, MD

Siva Vithiananthan, MD, FACS, FICS

Elisa Wasilewski, PA-C, MSHS 

Cristina Ruggieri, PA




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